Governor Wolf Announces One-Stop-Shop for Business Tax Account Changes at Department of Revenue December 16, 2016 Efficiency, Government That Works, Press Release, Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s launch of a new Tax Registration Office to improve how businesses register and update information with the department.“The new streamlined process is another example of how my administration is listening to taxpayers and making innovative enhancements to improve customer service and create a government that works,” Governor Wolf said.“The Tax Registration Office is a one-stop shop to register and update business tax account information with the department,” said Secretary McNulty. “No longer will taxpayers need to contact multiple bureaus for their tax registration needs.The Tax Registration Office combines the business registration functions previously managed separately by the Bureau of Business Trust Fund Taxes and the Bureau of Corporation Taxes.Existing department staff were reassigned to the office to improve customer service.The Tax Registration Office handles the registration and maintenance for corporate tax, employer withholding tax, promoter licenses, public transportation assistance tax licenses, sales tax exempt status, sales, use, hotel occupancy tax licenses, small games of chance licenses/certificates, transient vendor certificates, use tax, vehicle rental tax, and wholesaler certificates.The office will assist business taxpayers with updating their address, bank account information, entity ID, legal or trade name, filing status, and filing frequency, as well as cancelling an account. Corporate filers can also update corporate officer information with the office.To further benefit taxpayers, the existing phone numbers will remain the same. For questions about corporation taxes, contact 717-705-6225 and select option 8. For information regarding business trust fund taxes, contact 717-787-3653.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Reuters 9 June 2016Family First Comment: Unbelievable – and sickening. But it adds some weight to the recent warnings about bestiality being normalised! “People who sexually abuse animals are sometimes linked to sexually abusing children as well, as the accused did in this case,” (Animal protection group) said. “That’s a really good reason parliament needs to act.”Canada’s bestiality law only bans sexual acts that involve penetration, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, a blow to advocacy groups who argued animals should be afforded the same protection from exploitation that humans are given. Supreme Court judges ruled 6-1 in favor of a man from British Columbia in western Canada convicted for sexual assault and bestiality after he involved the family dog in the abuse of his two stepdaughters.The man, known only by the initials “D.L.W.” to protect his stepdaughters’ identity, successfully appealed his bestiality conviction in a provincial court, arguing that according to the law, the offense of bestiality requires penetration, which his actions did not involve.Justice Thomas Cromwell, writing for all concurring judges, said in the decision that penetration has always been required to secure bestiality convictions and courts do not have the power to rule otherwise.“Any expansion of criminal liability for this offense is within parliament’s exclusive domain,” he wrote.Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, the lone dissenter, wrote bestiality is ambiguous under the law, which she says intends for all animal sex acts to be illegal.READ MORE: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0YV1QXKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
As an attendee of this year’s Hi-Rez Expo, we were on the ground to see what went down at the US studio’s major event of the year which featured the finals of Smite, the Paladins World Championships, and the Hand of the Gods finals too. From a catch up on Smite and Paladins’ esports scenes, to big announcements from Hi-Rez about new modes, new characters and even a new game, we’ve been left with plenty to discuss. From an esports perspective, it was Todd Harris’ talk with the media which left the most lasting impression.One of the major talking points of this year’s Hi-Rez Expo was the announcement of a new battle royale mode; titled Paladins Battlegrounds. Battle royale titles are currently enjoying a period of notable popularity right now, and the developer’s hope is that theirs is the one to have a lasting impact.“We usually don’t start with designing a game for esports”Todd Harris, Co-Founder and COO of Hi-Rez, is one of the top executives in charge of Paladins. Speaking to the press Harris said of the decision to build Paladins Battleground: “We spent a lot of time exploring which new game modes could work. This was a sizable process as some modes might work in some shooters but that doesn’t mean they’re a good fit for Paladins.”Of its esports potential Erez Goren, Hi-Rez Co-Founder and CEO, added: “We usually don’t start with designing a game for esports, but we do build them so that this can happen if the fans want it.”With Paladins Battlegrounds there’ll be “various one off competitions, but it’s unlikely to be a proper esports game as such unless the community really wants it”. He also noted that one of the main challenges for the mode was, as expected, that the “spectator experience is a challenge”.“The ‘spectator experience is a challenge’”Harris also chimed in here with the difficulty of turning a battle royale game into a proper esport due to the difficult logistics due to the amount of players. He said that it’s “unlikely we’ll have a league, but we’ll let the community guide us”. The aim is to release the new game by the end of Q1 of 2018. Todd Harris was a busy man throughout the Expo, and in another talk he discussed the developer’s esports agenda. Of the Smite scene, as it heads into season 5 of the Pro League, he explained how the plan with the Smite Challenger Circuit is for it to become more of a scouting and feeder league.Interestingly, he also explained how in 2018 that “at least one, and maybe two” major tournaments would be based outside the US. In response to a question about sustainability for Hi-Rez, Harris commented that they’re continuing to talk to broadcast platforms and evaluate potential partnerships. He also explained how they’ve built a solid economic model for both Paladins and SMITE, and that whilst they may expand the amount of teams in each main league for now they’re the right size. Alongside the major Paladins Battlegrounds announcement, Hi-Rez launched another new Team Deathmatch mode for the FPS title. Not one to rest on their laurels, Hi-Rez also revealed a wholly new game, Bot Smashers, which interested parties can sign up for here in addition to plenty of new stuff for Smite fans. A new character in Cerberus was revealed in the initial keynote as well as a new map ahead of season five. Over on the competitive side of the Expo, Na’Vi emerged victorious in the Paladins World Championship with a storming 4-0 victory in the final over Fnatic, whilst EOEPeach took the win in Hand of the Gods, and NA side eUnited were crowned the Smite World Champions.